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Today I met one of the young blacks with whom the parents have had “the talk”.

I live in the South.
And my neighbors have guns. But I forget that. And often I realize I shouldn’t - or that I shouldn’t have!

Not til it was all over, and I ruminated about how strange I felt about the incident, did I put it together.
The talk had told the young black man to not come onto a white person’s property because they could have a gun and their life might be in danger.

My layout is a huge, mostly graveled business like back yard, fenced, with a 10 foot gate, and it was open because I worked on a project and expected a visitor.
I saw a young black man stand at the gate, and he obviously wanted my attention. So I waved him in. He would not come.
I was busy, I waved him in with grand gestures next - but he still would not enter through the property perimeter.
I walked towards him then, irritated really, because why did he make me do that when obviously he was the one who needed me, not the other way around.

It turned out he needed to call someone, and asked me for the use of my phone.
I actually had to go get the phone, take it to him at the gate and then go pick it back up from him later.

No earthly way
would a person with white skin have had to jump through the hoops of such considerations, they would have walked up after my gesturing without second thoughts.

I so wish America could face up to what it has done and is still doing to its black citizens.
I’m an immigrant who came in on a coal freighter from Europe in the sixties, and because my skin is pink I was never stigmatized.

I once asked my (Democratic) Mother-in-Law who thought it was so great that her son had married a German how she would feel about that if Germans were black.
“That would make a huge difference” she said.

What I witnessed today, and of course often do in many ways, shows you that difference.

I'm sad about how this very simple incident shows our white folk privilege is inherent and does not extend to our fellow citizens of color. Jim Crow is alive in so many ways.
I'm glad that Germans are rarely black makes my life a whole lot less complicated.

Some Fear Ebola Outbreak Could Make Nation Turn to Science - Andy Borowitz (cowering)

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—There is a deep-seated fear among some Americans that an Ebola outbreak could make the country turn to science.

In interviews conducted across the nation, leading anti-science activists expressed their concern that the American people, wracked with anxiety over the possible spread of the virus, might desperately look to science to save the day.

“It’s a very human reaction,” said Harland Dorrinson, a prominent anti-science activist from Springfield, Missouri. “If you put them under enough stress, perfectly rational people will panic and start believing in science.”

Additionally, he worries about a “slippery slope” situation, “in which a belief in science leads to a belief in math, which in turn fosters a dangerous dependence on facts.”

At the end of the day, though, Dorrinson hopes that such a doomsday scenario will not come to pass. “Time and time again through history, Americans have been exposed to science and refused to accept it,” he said. “I pray that this time will be no different.”


A Peek into the Bedroom of Potus and Flotus / seems good'n safe now (Darkow cartoon)

Citizen's United. And a good thought about what might have spawned it.

There are no innocuous easy talk dinner parties at my house. Even when we're all on the same basic page about the periphery in life- eventually politics is on the table for discussion or argument.
So tonight I had a couple of female guests, Mother and daughter, 70 and 46. For the sake of the following it is pertinent they are black women, I'm a white immigrant.

We talked about the breaches of security, all the things connected with President Obama being at even greater risk of mayhem and threats than others, about Ebola and about the media and how we are manipulated into their prescribed channels of what is acceptable to be hyped just so that news that are way more urgent and powerful can be suppressed.

I made an off handed comment about Citizen's United and how that decision has damaged the country more in one fail swoop than any I could name and then the younger of my two guests said:

"Do you remember how Obama made tracks with the internet and gathering funds in 5 and 10 dollar increments, and how it helped him to gather money in ways that we had not ever seen before and at the time how it helped him win?"

Yeah, I said.

"Then, what do you think they figured would be the only and best thing they could do to counteract such a grass roots appeal to the people at large?"

And suddenly I saw it.
Do you agree ?

Republicans Air Early Attack Ad on Newborn Clinton - little Charlotte already under fire / Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — A Republican Super PAC defended the broadcast, on Saturday morning, of an attack ad highly critical of Hillary Clinton’s newborn granddaughter, Charlotte, who was born on Friday.

The ad raises several serious questions about the newborn, at one point accusing her of being “related to Benghazi.”

In criticizing a one-day-old infant, the ad is believed to be the earliest political attack ad on record.

“Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is fair game,” a spokesman for the Americans Concerned About Charlotte Super PAC said. “We have to assume that she is the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2052.”


Cheney: “No Fair” That Obama Gets to Bomb Syria - his crying towel is held by Andy Borowitz

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—In a Thursday appearance on the Fox News Channel, former Vice-President Dick Cheney said that it was “no fair” that President Obama gets to bomb Syria.

“I’m envious as hell,” he told Fox’s Sean Hannity. “That was on my bucket list.”

Asked if he had any advice for the President on bombing Syria, Cheney said, “Just enjoy it. It doesn’t get any better than this.”

The former Vice-President struck a philosophical note at the conclusion of his interview with Hannity. “Look, I had a good run,” he said. “I got to bomb Afghanistan, and I got to do it to Iraq—twice. But to see someone finally get to bomb Syria and it’s not me? I’d be lying if I said that didn’t hurt like hell.”


Career Insurance for NFL Players - Fitzsimmons 'toon makes it an easy premium to pay

Solly Mack and news as of tonight

Our good friend and fellow photographer is not doing very well. My having left the message of "I think of you daily and please let me know when you can" has brought a response just now.
A brief one.
She is in the hospital, and has been.
Our thought - prayers - mantras in meditation are all needed.
But then, there is hope. And there are miracles. And efforts to bring all of these are in motion, so contribute in your own ways.

Getting jerked up to grow up - a tale of learning about all the remotes.

Here’s what I did tonight (for about an hour)

I can only receive HBO on my big TV.
I keep subscribing to it to watch Bill Maher on Friday nights.

It was time today. Bill Maher was coming on. 10 o clock. repeat at 11

I was running a few minutes late, turned on the big Kino TV - did all I usually do, and could not get the channels to change to get HBO.
I am working with 5 remotes. I think I understand the purpose behind each of them. after all, I have a BluRay player, a basic DVD player, and a player that disregards regional codes so I can play international DVDs.
I’m set.

I could not get there. Simple HBO. Just was not coming in.

So I dismantle the get up that hides “the works” behind the TV, and start unplugging and re-plugging. Things reboot. Things respond. Lights go on and off. I’m on a roll.
Some of the plugs I can’t reach. So I get a big flashlight and a footstool and keep plugging along. One of the DVD players falls down behind the big TV - but nothing unplugs. No damage done.
Some of the colors don’t make sense, but the plug colors correspond and I continue.

All the time I remember the reverse bumpersticker on my dashboard that says: Everything will always work out for me.

I still have about 20 minutes left before the program repeats, so I know with everything working out for me being in the cards I’ll be fine when the time comes.
I keep on.
By now I have done all I can do, except I suddenly realize with the remote not giving me the channels - and remembering that was the original problem - I must have a problem with the remote not speaking to the TV.
So I confidently step up to the huge thing and say to myself, that I must be able to change channels directly. And sure enough I can with one of the buttons.

I start pushing the button.
I’m on channel 4 to start with, and need to go to 511.
I keep holding the button down, it keeps going up, and within acceptable time limits gets to 511.
On comes Bill Maher.

And it is last weeks show. Recorded.
I did not even know I could do that.

Empowered I sit down and start thinking.
How in the hell did all of that happen and not respond to today’s show?

So I take the remote that has the power to change channels while I walk into the kitchen while still thinking. I get a couple of new batteries and throw them in just for shits and giggles.
A big red light comes on in my hand.
I confidently step into my Kino room and push 511 for the channel I have been needing to be current.
And on comes the show.
Bill Maher’s today, Friday, current show.

Things are always working out for me.
I should never forget that when the going gets rough.

Queen Rips “Scottish Bastards” in Angry Televised Address - Borowitz was there

LONDON (The Borowitz Report)—In an eleventh-hour development that could have an unpredictable effect on the vote to determine Scottish independence, Queen Elizabeth II took to the British airwaves on Thursday to excoriate the Scots in a one-hour, profanity-laden tirade.

The Queen’s speech began with the phrase “Listen, you Scottish bastards,” and became steadily saltier as the monarch blasted her subjects for having the impudence to consider leaving the fold.

“I’ll make you heel like a litter of corgis,” she said, as her rage reached a crescendo.

After the speech, British Prime Minister David Cameron made a desperate attempt at damage control, hoping to distance himself from the Queen’s paint-peeling rant.

“The views of Her Majesty the Queen are her own,” he said in a hastily prepared statement. “Neither I nor my government consider the people of Scotland ‘bloody wankers.’


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